Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SPT--Farewell

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Army/Navy Game last December

Along the Oregon trail and beside the Snake River there is a place called Farewell Bend. After enjoying plenty of food and water while traveling by the river, pioneers would rest a few days at Farewell Bend before leaving their security to go overland. We drive by Farwell Bend a couple of times a year and tonight I feel like I'm at Farewell Bend . . .

My friend, Laurie, died of cancer yesterday. She leaves her husband and three sons in the military, one son in the Mission Training Center preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a fifth son in high school and a newly pregnant daughter-in-law. Laurie was a respite--she provided fun, love and enthusiasm to her family and friends. I shall miss Laurie very much and count myself blessed to have shared life together. I just wish the bend could have been a little further down the road.

12 comments:

Leigh said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I will say a prayer for her family today.

Whidget said...

I am so sorry. It's been a sad few days. I will include her family in my prayers.

Bridget

Julie said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Cancer is a horrible disease. We will say a prayer for her family and for you!

Leslie said...

Jane - I am so very sorry to hear about your dear friend's death. I'll be thinking and praying for you and her today.
Leslie

Jill said...

What a sad loss! I'm so sorry for you and for her family.

Kathy said...

I am sorry for your loss! It makes me sad. What a great analogy of Farewell to your friendship with Laurie.

deidra said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. We'll be thinking of you and her family. I know she was a great lady from some of the other blog posts you've written about her and I know she'll be missed by so many.

Lyle and Mary: said...

Darn that cancer!!
Condolences to you and your friends family. I wish we had a better understanding of the "big picture" to answer all the "why's" during times like these...I know all of you feel comfort and gratitude for the time you did have with her.

Becky said...

Oh, Jane...wish I could give you a hug in person. Instead I'll send you a hug in my prayers tonight.

So many sons...I'm sure she will be greatly missed!

michelle said...

Oh, no. What a terrible loss to her family! And to you. I'm so sorry. And this was beautifully written, Jane.

Marie said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's passing. It is so sad, even when you have time to prepare. I'll be thinking of you and of her poor family.

Chandra said...

So sorry that you lost a dear friend. I'm sure she blessed your life as you did hers.